Thursday, February 19, 2009

Welcome to the new 91st BG blog


This blog will act as a new guestbook for the 91st. The old guestbook has been offline for quite a while because it became riddled with spam. However, the guestbook was quite successful primarily due to the presence of 91st BG veterans who took the time to search for and retrieve valuable long lost info about family members or friends who were in the 91st BG. Please feel free to ask any questions you have about the 91st or contribute your own knowledge or photos to other knowledge seekers.

137 comments:

  1. For those unfamiliar with blogging, first click on the title above the picture, type your comment or request in the box that appears, select profile from drop down list (e.g., Name/URL, Anonymous, etc.), then click on post comment.

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    1. Rev. Christer GrerotJanuary 1, 2013 at 7:37 AM

      I've mailed You the disturbing news that Bassinbourn Airfield in England is shutting down, and that The Tower Museum there probably would be impossible to visit! There is a notice for all that now have access to the airfield to leave beföre April this year. My friend located in Bassingbourn has already posted those that can do anything to stop this madness, but we need the BG91 to help us, and to do it fast and with power!This is a very important airfiled in ANY way, - not to mention historically, and we need to do something even from other countries than UK! I'm doing what I can from Sweden, as I did when it came to Lt Fredric Neel Jr from Texas and his cross in LUX (had the wrong year of death) and his heroism when the B17-G came down in Sweden, and he saved all the children in a school right before the airplane exploded in the sea taking his own life. So please, do what You can from "over there"!. Regards Rev. Christer Grerot, former pilot.

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  2. Hi Jim, have been away from the 91st website for some time.
    Chief Sly III, C.B. Pinning, his wife(my aunt)Millie passed last May,(90 yrs),follow by my mom (CBP's sister)in July at 90 also.
    Uncle Charles B. is survived by one brother.He is the last of the CBP's family.
    Thanks for all of your effort.
    Bill Howard

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  3. Hi! I am Fay Carey the granddaughter of Merle Carey who was the Top Turret Gunner on the Blue Dreams. I am interested in writing a book about the men who flew in B-17’s. In the research that I have done it is fascinating the stories that came out of this group. If anyone is interested in sharing their stories I would be grateful. My email is fay.carey@gmail.com

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  4. Hi, I am the Grandaughter of George P. Ward a navigator who flew with Pilot Kahl a number of times before Kahl was KIA. My Great Uncle Ray Ward was the pilot of "Texas Chubby". The plane was named after my great aunt his wife who we still call Aunt Chub! I am trying to find out if anyone knows how I can track where my Grandfather was before he came to England... I know he also flew missions out of North Africa during the war. I am also trying to track the other two Ward brothers. If anyone has any links they know of please send them my way!!
    Thanks Ava!

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  5. Greetings,
    It is an honor to be a follower of the 91st BG blog. My late father, Charles Bowers, was with the 401st, in the Photo Unit. He is pictured in the Support Unit Photo section, photo #21, standing second from left.
    When I was younger, I remember him telling me a few stories, and showed me a whole bunch of photos. Being as my understanding of war was limited at that time, he didn't tell me more. I only wish he were still alive.
    Thank you for your time.
    Everett

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  6. I am working on a book about my dad's expereinces in the 323rd Sqdn. Can anyone provide me with information as to the other Bomb Groups that along with the 91st flew in their Combat Wing Formation from Nov. '44 through the end of the war?
    Mike in Springfield, OR

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  7. I have some information available about the 23rd November 1942 mission to St. Nazaire. I collated the information as one of the aircraft 'Shiftless skonk' ditched near where I live here in U.K. If you are interested please contact me on robin_mott@hotmail.com

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  8. I have a print that I recently found in the loft of the 324th 'Memphis Belle' signed by lots of aircrew and family members. Evidently it was originally painted by T. Weddel. Does anyone know anything about this print/artist? as the name is not familiar to us folks in the U.k. Contact me on robin_mott@hotmail.com

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  9. I just found a March 1994 copy of National Geographic that has a great article in it about the Eigth Air Force, and more specifically, the 91st Bomb Group.
    It's a great article with some wonderful photos.
    I'm mailing it to my father, Donald Murray (Navigator, Miss Minookie) so he can read it and then bring it to the Ohio reunion in 2010.
    I will see you all there myself.
    Stay well 91st'ers.

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  10. I am doing research on my Father-in-law Harold W. Warner. He was a Ball Turret/Radio Operator with the 324th Bomb Squadron in the 91st Bomb Group. His plane was supposedly the "Torres" or "Taurus", not sure as documents indicate both spellings. He was a crew member of the following crew: Major C. Putnam, Capt E. Gaitley, LT J. P. Carr, LT J. W. Joshua; Enlisted: J. H. Jones, H. W. Warner, W. H. Harvey, R. L. Simons, S. L. Kohn, and L, M, Virgo. I hope I have read the names off of the picture correctly. Any additional information would be greatly appreciated. My e-mail is msltech@hotmail.com

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    1. Hi Ron, I was searching the internet for information on my father, Lt. Joseph P. Carr (later Captain) and just tripped over this old email. He was a navigator of a B-17 in the 91st, stationed at Bassingbourn. He must have been in the same crew as your Father-in-law. My father passed away in 1977 at age 59. I have very little information about his service during the war. Would you share the photo?

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  11. I am looking for information on my grandfather, Mark Weston. He was a crew member of Little Patches 401st Squadron (Serial# 42-31678 LL L). Piloted by Charles N "Buck" Buchanan and Co-Piloted by Harold E Johnson. I would like to make contact with anyone who was in is crew or served with him. Please email me at karlon39@yahoo.com. Thank you, Erik Karlon

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  12. P.S. I think the certificate featured on the 91st website is a post WWII reproduction.

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  13. To Ron Thomas (re: Harold W. Warner):

    Posted for Mike Banta (324th Sq.) & 91st BG email ring.

    From the files we have, it appears that your father came over with one of the 324th Bomb Squadrons original crews and that in the U. S. Claude E. Putnam was for a time the pilot of this crew. It appears that Major Putnam became the 324th CO. Then Capt E. Gaitley took over the crew and your Father-in-law was then a member of the Gaitley crew who were one of the original crews of the 324th Squadron. The Gaitley crew flew the first 91st Bomb Group mission of the war to Brest on 7 November 1942 but were forced to abort in 41-24504, that carried two names, The Sad Sack and Taurus. The crew flew their first credited mission on 8 November 1942 also in 41-24504, The Sad Sack and Taurus. on this mission, As a member of the Gaitley crew, Sgt. Hudson was hit in the leg by shrapnel from a 20 mm cannon shell. His name doesn't appear in the list of crew members you sent to us, ie: Major C. Putnam, Capt E. Gaitley, LT J. P. Carr, LT J. W. Joshua; Enlisted: J. H. Jones, H. W. Warner, W. H. Harvey, R. L. Simons, S. L. Kohn, and L, M, Virgo but crews often flew with crewmen from other crews.. The crew flew in many other B-17s also in completing its tour of duty.

    On 26 November 42, Capt. Edward Gaitley was appointed Squadron Commander of the 324th Squadron.

    Col. Claude E. Putnam became commander of the 91st Bomb Group from 12 December 43 to 16 May 44.

    If our interpretation of our files is correct, your father-in-law was a member of a very prestigious crew.

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  14. To whom this concerns:
    I am curious if there are any fairly detailed photos or series of photos (colored, preferably) of 91st BG B17's that saw combat. The reason is that I play an online WW2 combat game known as Aces High by HiTech Creations (www.hitechcreations.com) based out of Grapevine, TX. They accept HISTORICALLY ACCURATE player-created/submitted skins of aircraft/vehicles from all sides that saw combat in WW2, and apply them to the models they feature in the game.

    Currently, out of the myriad of B17 skins from the 91st, we have in-game currently "Nine-O-Nine" and two versions of "Little Miss Mischief".

    I am a novice enthusiast of the history of the 91st, and I enjoy reading the stories and looking at the photos & films from that time.

    If there is any detailed material I could have permission to use that would aid in recreating more 91st BG skins for the game that we currently do not have, I would appreciate it.

    Phillip Sumpter
    Email: thunderegg670@yahoo.com

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  15. To anyone that can help:

    My name is Greg Merkert and I am the only Grandchild of 2ndLt. Frederick W. Merkert Sr. (401st sq).

    My father, Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Merkert Jr. (only son of my Grandpa) is very sick and may not live much longer. My dad is a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and I am a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

    I am trying to put together a "Merkert Family Military History" for my son Johnathan, the only grandson of my Father and only Great Grandson of my Grandpa. I have very little information and no "service Photos" of my Grandpa. The only thing my Grandpa kept from his service were his Wings and a commendation letter from Gen. Doolittle, neither of which I have because my Aunt threw them away after my Grandpa passed away in 1999.

    I have aquired all of my dad's medals & awards from Department of The Army and I am trying to do the same for my Grandpa. I know he earned an Air Medal for one of his bombing runs & the Purple Heart for injury sustained in battle, but not much else as Grandpa had a hard time taking about his time in the Service.

    I believe Grandpa retired from the 8th USAF as a Major but I'm not sure. I would be very grateful to anyone here who could provide me with any information at all about my Grandpa, especially any personal accounts of/about/from the Men he served with. What the name of his B-17 was and any photos anyone might be able to share with me.

    I believe my Dad and my Grandpa have a great legacy and great Military legacy and I want my son to know who his Great Grandpa is and what he did for his Country and Family. I would like to be able to present it to my son before my Dad passes away.

    Thank you in advance for any help you can provide and I thank you all for your dedicated service to the U.S.A.

    Sincerely,
    Officer Greg Merkert
    ACCD Police Department, San Antonio, TX
    gmerkert@att.net
    (210) 452-3831

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  16. I was sorry to hear of the death of Joe Harlick. After my Father’s death in 2003 I was able to contact Joe. We had several conversations and he provided me with a number of his photos of Mount ’N Ride the B-17 that my Father piloted. Joe was great to help someone he never met as I tried to get over my loss. I will never forget him.

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  17. The website updates really look good! Very nice to have some of the old Ragged Irregulars posted. Keep up the great work!

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  18. LOOKING FOR INFO ON REBELS REVENGE TAIL NUM 42-27950 ANY PIX OR INFO FOR FAMILY OF MIA CHARLES H OLIVER SSG ON THE PLANE 9/27/43
    LORI BURNS
    dani@stjoelive.com

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  19. Hi there, my name is Andy Tilbury, I am in the process of joining the 91ST BGMA, I live in Bassingbourn, England.

    I am trying to find out where spirit of 44 landed after her last mission the website says it was Shipdham, but the book, The B17 story says, Deopham Green.

    Also, the website says the aircraft belonged to the 322nd BS and the book says 323rd.

    I am also hoping that there is a photo of her at either of the airfields mentioned, after such a hair raising mission some one must have taken one!

    Thanking you all in advance, Andy T

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  20. You did not leave an email address so we cannot do any extra research on your question. Spirit was assigned to the 322nd; read dailies on web page date 11/1/44. Crew was lost on Boston Bombshell on 22/2/44 and this plane was listed as being assigned to the 322nd.

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  21. Hi there, sorry, not leaving my e mail address.

    It is as follows b17.bloke.bassingbourn@googlemail.com

    Best Wishes Andy T

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  22. Haven't visited the website for quite a while. The improvements look great.

    Just received Army pubs from my mom. Soldier's handbook, 1941; Radiotelegraph Procedure, 1943; Army Clerk, 1942. Fascinating stuff.

    Dad & Uncle Harry Smith joined Army AF together in Sept 1941. They went to Sheppard Field, TX, for basic. Dad stayed there most of the war, then was airborne radio operator in the CBI (C-54). Uncle Harry, also air radio op, went to 91st Bomb Gp. He flew on Oklahoma Okie, Black Swan, Jack the Ripper, Hitler's Gremlin, Lady Luck, Bomb Boogie, Sad Sack, Local Girl. He was R/O on mission lead on the 17 Sept '43 Schweinfurt mission. I'll always remember his hair raising stories!

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  23. wishing everyone a mery christmas and an happy new year

    ron
    the netherlands

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  24. Greetings and Happy New Year!
    I am a researcher attempting to gather information on Lt Harry Lerner who was a navigator with the 91st. He was on the big Berlin mission of 06March1944, shot down and taken POW that day. I am seeking information on where his aircraft may have been in the formation that day.... the 91st was divided between the lead and high groups of the 1st Combat Wing that day and I'd hope someone would have that information to share with me. His aircrfat was piloted by 2nd Lt Evertson and numbered 42-97483. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!
    David

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  25. I am looking for information about March 3, 1944. Was there a major loss that day, midair?
    My father, a B-17 pilot had verdigo because of a collision that day. Was that members of the 91st?
    Please respond at www.forthismarvelouscountry.com
    Thank you.

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  26. Lt. Col. Edward Charles Gates , USAF Ret. (December 14, 1923 – January 8, 2010) passed away at Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care in University Place, WA. He was born in Kansas City, KS to Chester Wright and Phoebe Cornelia Gates (née Bailey). He is survived by his wife, Joan Ann (née Drenga), his daughter and four sons, his six grandchildren, and his many friends. During the Depression, he worked in the rail yards and went to college, joining the Army Air Corps in 1942. Until the end of the war in Europe, he flew as a B-17 co-pilot. After a twenty‑two‑year career in the Army Air Corps and then the Air Force that took him around the world , he retired to civilian life as a husband, father, and stockbroker. He was an active member of Rotary International and a Paul Harris Fellow, with a perfect attendance record for thirty years. He remained active in international affairs through Rotary and worked tirelessly to help others who are less fortunate. He was also active in the 91st Bomb Group Association and his local community. Funeral arrangements are being made by Bob Johnston of Grand Departures. A military service will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 Southeast 240th Street, Kent, WA 98042-4868 on Friday, January 22, 2010 at 11:15 a.m. The Parkland‑Spanaway Rotary Club has kindly offered to host a reception following the service. Donations may be made to The Salvation Army in lieu of flowers or other gifts.

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  27. Im looking for any imformation on my grand farther thomas joesph gannon. He was a bombadiare and navigator in the 91st bomb group 323 bombardment squad. He served from 12/12/42 to 12/9/45 I know his crew members, too long to list. His pilot was Robert S Gerald and John C Bishop. My name is Eric Gannon. I can be reached at gagal3@verizon.net Thanks for any help.

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  28. Just wanted to provide an update and correction to the entry in the 91st Casualty List. My uncle and namesake, Melvin E. Brown, is incorrectly listed as a pilot. In fact he was a navigator. And the name of the B-17 he flew in was the "Bad Egg." If someone could update the list, I'd appreciate it. Thanks for all you do in maintaining this great tribute to the 91st BG. Also, if anyone out there has any photos of the crew of the Bad Egg, I would dearly love to get a copy. I have a lot of individual photos of my uncle, but I'd like to see one of his crew also.
    I can be contacted at bogey45@gmail.com.

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  29. i have a photo of my grandfathers plane. it is the only picture i have attained with him next to a plane. i was wanting to know the plane name and number if possible. the picture was taking oct1, 1943- this may be a training plane. i would like info on it. email me if you are willing to help try and name this plane. tkraholik@gmail.com my grandpa arnold williams was the pilot, james graham- bombadier, joe stuart navigator, harace nichols co-pilot, maurice shiles asst. radio, milton vaunika radio op, jermel maddox engineer, donald bartlett asst engineer, aldrich suluy tail gunner, albert romulis armor gunner.

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    1. Hello! I have the very same picture, as my father was Lt. Horace C. "Nick" Nichols, the co-pilot. I will try to send you a scan of the picture to your tk raholik@gmail.com address.

      The notation my dad made on the back of the picture was "Our crew at Geiger Field (Spokane, Washington) on our last bombing mission over Boardman (Range?), Oregon, October 1, 1943 & two days before going overseas." There's the number 211 on the front of the plane, but my dad didn't say anything about the name of the plane.

      He did make a list of the names and addresses of this Crew #13. The address he listed for Lt. Arnold O. Williams was c/o Mr. John D. Williams, Box #162, Hahira, Georgia (he goes on to note that Lt. Williams was downed 11-3-43, Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Reported P.W.: 2-11-44.

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    2. I can be reached at lan7577@aol.com if you'd like to contact me. Sincerely, L. Nichols (daughter of Lt. Horace C. "Nick" Nichols, 91st Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Squadron.

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  30. I am looking for any information about my dad, William R. "Bob" Cox. He was a B17 pilot, 91st BG. Especially looking for the nose art for the plane he talked about the most, The Old Standby.Apparently it was a picture of the Statue of Liberty, but I can't find any pictures of the plane. I'd like to know the names of any of the planes he flew. Any stories would be fantastic, too. My kids are very interested in hearing more about their Papa. Thank you! I can be contacted at annbrown.23487@gmail.com

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  31. Re: Rebels Revenge

    Posted for Mike Banta (324th Sq.) & 91st BG email ring.

    We have searched our files for info on Rebels Revenge and tail gunner Charles Oliver who was MIA on the 27 November 1943. Rebels Revenge was shot down by German fighters and crashed into the North Sea near Langeoog Island, Germany, Charles body was not recovered while Bombardier Richard F. Hull and radio operator Edger G. Fetty were rescued and became German POWs. The target for that day was Emden, Germany's industrial area. The pilot for the crew was John M. Perrott.

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  32. Sixty-seven years ago today, (April 17, 1943) nine aircrafts of the 91st Bomb Group flew on a bombing mission to Bremen, Germany. During this mission, A/C 070, the "Invasion 2nd" along with Capt. O.D. O'Neill and the members of his crew were shot down and captured. My father, S/Sgt. Charles J. Melchiondo, was a member of Capt. O'Neill's crew. He was captured at Huntlosen, Germany (some 30 km South of Oldenburg) and became a Prisoner of War, as did his fellow crew members.

    If my father were alive today, I would hold him tightly in my arms and tell him how proud of him I am and that I love him very much. I would tell my Dad that, although he and his crew had to suffer and endure what they did, I am extremely blessed that they were not killed in action and that he lived to become "My Hero."

    Since, my Dad is not with me anymore, I would like to convey to Capt. O'Neill's crew members, and all military personnel, that my heart goes out to you, that I am so very proud of you, and I am extremely grateful for all you've endured in the War(s) that you've fought (and still fight) to keep America safe.

    God Bless each and every soldier.

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  33. I am looking for any information on my grandfather Everett D. Lunde II Lt. I am looking for anyone who may have known him. He was shot down with Rex Silver. Rex was taken POW my grandfather died.

    Any information please contact:
    Perry Lunde
    E-perrylunde@aol.com
    972-271-3285

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    1. Hello,
      I recently saw your question about your grandfather, Everett D. Lunde in
      the 91st Bomb Group blog.
      I am also doing some research about my extended family.
      If I am correct, your grandfather may have been married to my aunt.
      I am a cousin of Duane Lunde.

      I am hoping that some kind of connection can be made between us
      regarding this family history.

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  34. I am the daughter of Salvatore D'Autorio, 91st Bomb Group. He passed away in 1995. I believe he used to communicate with someone named Jim Daley or Dailey. I have many of his pictures. But I was wondering if there are any other pictures of him that anyone has? There is some mention of a plane, Texas Kate. Has anyone heard of that plane? If anyone has information please email me at lldaut@yahoo.com. Thank you. Lyn D'Autorio

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  35. I am the Grandson of Harry S Georgeaids. He was a Crew member aboard a B-17.Iam try to find out which B-17 he flew. Harry joined the Army Air Corp on Dec.17, 1941 soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He trained as a Radio Operator Mechanic, Gunner and Cryptographic Technician. He served for 11 month with the 8th Air Force, 91st Bomber Group in England flying three combat missions over Europe in B-17 aircraft, manned turret-mounted machine gun against enemy attack, was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation with one oak leaf cluster. He was wounded in action over Germany and hospitalized for one year in England. He returned to the states and performed duties for an additional 11 months at various training bases (ending up at Gowen Field). Duties included operation, maintenance and repair of all types of aircraft radio equipment. He was classified as 80% disabled and honorably discharged. Can anyone HELP. Please E-Mail at steve1tanetwo@netzero.com

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  36. A very proud grandson posting about my grandfather Leon Trout Haas. Or sgt Snagg as he was called he served in the 8th airforce 322nd squadrion 91st bomb group. He left us in january of 2009 to be with the great heroes of or country. he was on the ground crews servicing and loading the bombs. If the name if familiar to anyone, know he lived a great life and was loved everyday, and is sadly missed. to all ty for your service to our country and to my pop-pop i love you and ty !
    Ryan

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  37. Ryan, we need more information about your Grandfather. We don't have him listed on the web page under 322nd groundcrew and we would like a copy of his obituary to post under "Folded Wings".
    Jim Shepherd, email jshep91@earthlink.net

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  38. Looking for information on 2nd Lt Robert Cosgrove. KIA on "Local Girl" I have his photos and would like to send scanned copies to someone who might want them. In one of the photos I beleive to be either Einhowser or Patton and Churchill. Would love for someone to help me with ID of the people in the photos.

    Tracey Davis
    tldavis15@hotmail.com

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  39. Hello,
    I am trying to find out if my father's cousin James M. Mounts was a member of the 91st and some information on where and when he was shot down over Germany. I believe he is listed as a POW at Stalag Luft I and those records show him as 1st Lt. James M Mounts. The records also show him as from the 91st and from a B-17. After researching this site and others I found that James was shot down on July 20, 1944 on a mission to Leipzig. He was captured and at the end of the war he returned to America. After the war he seem to have disappeard until 1987 where he turned up in Vero Beach Florida. That is where he passed away in 2002. If anyone has any information about James an his time in the 91st Bomb Group 322 Squadran it would be most helpful. I believe the only one of his crew that is still alive is S/Sgt Byron E. Bergen who's last address is in New Orleans LA. I have not been able to locate Mr. Bergen as of this time.

    Thank you for an informative site.

    Donald Mounts
    donmounts@gmail.com

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  40. I just recently acquired the wartime diary of Edward C. Gates. All 35 of his missions are described in detail along with lots of things that he did before, during and after his tour in England. Other items that came with the diary are a London bus pass, a chit for a carton of cigarettes, an envelope with English heather inside and some pay stubs. I have been in touch with some 91st BG officers and the information in the diary will be made available to the site.

    Cheers,
    Wilson O'Neal
    wilsncon@comcast.net

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  41. I am looking for anyone that may have know Lawrence A. Love who served as a navigator/ground crew in Braebourne England from 1942 to 1945. He was discharged back to Michigan in Aug of 1945. He also spent some time in I believe Tripoli North Africa during the war.

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  42. I am looking for any member of the 1696th Ordnance Co. (Avn). Bassingbourn I believe 42 to 45.

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  43. Not sure if this is helpful for Mike but I have mission record for my Dad who was a B-17 bomber pilot with the 323rd. He was stationed at Bassingbourn from Nov 1944-May 1945 and flew 52 missions. I think I sent a copy of the mission listing to the 91st website folks but do not know if it has been posted anywhere.

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  44. To all those who may have known him.

    On March 31, 2011 at 0900 hours 1st Lt. James Monroe Mounts, bombardier in the 322 Squadron in 1944 will be laid to rest with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. Lt. Mounts passed away on December 9, 2002 at the age of 82 in Vero Beach Florida.

    Lt. Mounts was the bombardier in B-17-G 43-37819 and was shot down 20 July 1944 over Zwickau Germany. He eluded capture for nearly two days. Captured 22 July 1944 in Aue Germany he spent the remainder of the war in Stalag Luft 1, in Barth Germany.

    It is at this point that Lt. Mounts' life becomes unclear. With no immediate family available his life in the US is much of a mystery. However he did retire to Vero Beach in the 1980 where he dabbled in real-estate until his death in 2002.

    With no members of his immediate family locatable, Lt. Mounts remains were safeguarded by the Funeral Director until they were discovered by his 3rd cousin while doing some genealogical research in late 2010. For further information or to attended the Arlington Ceremony, please contact Donald Mounts at donmounts@gmail.com or by telephone at (352) 457-5018.

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  45. Hi Jim,

    My name is William Messner aka Major Bates with the FSX Flight Simulation community, 91st Bombardment Group. www.91stbombardmentgroup.com
    We strive to recreate the 91st as historically as possible and our members are proud to represent them. I recently created a film called "Born to Fly" which is posted on our home page. Please feel free to view it and if you wish, you may post it.

    Respectfully,
    William

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  46. I am working on the family history of the Hildebrand brothers -- a German American immigrant family -- during WW2. http://mysite.verizon.net/telh/index.html

    One brother Eric was killed on the USS McKean on Nov 17, 1943. The second brother, Dutch, was declared missing in action in Italy, Battle of Cassino, on January 21, 1944. The third brother -- Herb -- joined the Navy in February 1944. The last brother -- Rudy Hildenbrand was a gunner on a B17. As I was going through the family records, I discovered he got a citation for a mission flown over Oschersleben Germany on January 11, 1944. I would like to know the name of the aircraft he was flying at the time of the citation, as well as any other information about the mission.

    king1121@verizon.net

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  47. I too saw a copy of the March 1994 issue of National Geographic. My father flew with the 323rd Squadron and remembers Father Regan standing on the jeep and blessing the planes as they took off.

    What I would like to find out is, does anyone know how to get a look at those photos? I sent a letter to the photographer's widow (pre-email days, can't remember her name) and she replied to check with the National Archives. I asked the National Archives and they referred me to the photographer's widow.

    These are all color photos and my father recalled him taking lots of pictures. I think it would be good to make a concerted effort to research those photos. I'm just hoping it's not a money issue. I'm sure all of us posters on here would pay to have a color photo of our fathers or uncles or grandfathers from WWII.

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  48. Hello,
    I'm trying to get in touch with Thomas D. Johnson Jr. I believe my father-in-law served with you on Little Patches. His name was CP F/O Joachim F. Dodd.
    Below is an excerpt from a Daily Log

    1 March 1945 ñ Mission to Heilbronn
    On the 1st of March we dispatched 12 A/C and 12 crews to attack the RR Traffic Center at Heilbronn. The target was bombed by means of instruments with unobserved results.

    43-37552 LL-E
    P 2nd Lt. Breidenbach, Francis J. O-651008
    CP F/O Dodd, Joachim T-139397
    NAV 2nd Lt. Proctor, Jack H. O-2073212
    GUN Bombardier Sgt. Klinkner, Raymond A. 33609143
    ENG Top Turret Sgt. Lathrop, Kenneth D. 19174364
    GUN Ball Turret Sgt. ?aigh, Douglas A. 36123056
    R-O Radio Sgt. Salvador, Edward V. 35398605
    GUN Waist Guns S/Sgt. Bryant, Leon W. 37139908
    GUN Tail Guns Sgt. Johnson, Thomas D., Jr. 18242821

    I'm also interested in making contact with any of the above crew members.

    Thank you.
    Mike Tank

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  49. Hello,
    I'm trying to get in touch with Thomas D. Johnson Jr. I believe my father-in-law served with you on Little Patches. His name was CP F/O Joachim F. Dodd.
    Below is an excerpt from a Daily Log

    1 March 1945 ñ Mission to Heilbronn
    On the 1st of March we dispatched 12 A/C and 12 crews to attack the RR Traffic Center at Heilbronn. The target was bombed by means of instruments with unobserved results.

    43-37552 LL-E
    P 2nd Lt. Breidenbach, Francis J. O-651008
    CP F/O Dodd, Joachim T-139397
    NAV 2nd Lt. Proctor, Jack H. O-2073212
    GUN Bombardier Sgt. Klinkner, Raymond A. 33609143
    ENG Top Turret Sgt. Lathrop, Kenneth D. 19174364
    GUN Ball Turret Sgt. ?aigh, Douglas A. 36123056
    R-O Radio Sgt. Salvador, Edward V. 35398605
    GUN Waist Guns S/Sgt. Bryant, Leon W. 37139908
    GUN Tail Guns Sgt. Johnson, Thomas D., Jr. 18242821

    I'm also interested in making contact with any of the above crew members.

    Thank you.
    Mike Tank
    mktank@comcast.net

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  50. I am looking for any information on my Uncle's plane the Sad Sack SN#41-24479, Flying Fortress. He was the Co-pilot on November 23rd, 1942 when it was listed as MIA during a mission over St. Nazaire. I see some entries that say he was shot down but others just have him as MIA. I would really like a picture of his plane. All I have is a very small shot of the nose art. He was on the 322 Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group. I have many of his letters home from the war but I am still looking for pictures. Any information would be greatly appreciated. maggieowen@comcast.net

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    1. Just a tidbit of information reference 4479. I believe this is the ac of which my father then TSG Edmund Pueschel spoke so fondly for on it he flew from USA to initially Kimbolton where the 91st was first located. He was assigned to HQ 91st engineering for the duration. The unique and interesting item as to the ac is that the last four digits were his parents telephone number. Sorry that so many young men did not come home. Rev Alec E Pueschel pueschel@mycxpmail.com

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  51. Thanks for the help with locating information on my uncle. I have put together an electronic photo album of pictures and letters from Captain Thomas McCormick during WWII. Tom was my Uncle who was shot down on November 23, 1942 in St. Nazaire France. He was a Flying Fortress pilot 91st Bomb Group, 322 Bomb Squadron.I also have his yearbook called the Army Wings from the Class of 41-1.It has many pictures of the cadets from the Southeast training centers.If you are looking for a class picture or are interested in the link send me an email and I will be happy to share.

    maggieowen@comcast.net

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  52. We are looking for S Sgt. Raymond A Rybarski, tailgunner on Queenie KIA 29 April 1944 on a mission to bomb Berlin, Germany. He is not shown in the photo of Queenie's crew picture dated Feb 1944. He seems to have disappeared from any records I can find. He is my husband, Michael Rybarski's uncle. Crew SN 36639706 of the 322nd Squadron. If anyone has info on Uncle Raymond please email me at jan.rybarski@att.net. Thank you so much for any help.

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  53. I am looking for anyone who flew with my father, Stanley M. Huffman (Ionia, IA). He flew in the 401st Squadron at the end of the war in Europe, arriving in Bassingboum 5 APR 1945. I have photos with no names. He died in 1955 without telling the family anything about his service.

    rwhuffman@comcast.net

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  54. Thank you for all that took that last flight to never return. Y'all will never knew just how much your sacrifice means to the rest of us! Thank you 2nd Lt. William Paul Clements 91st 323BS your family still misses you. J.Clevenger

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  55. I'm looking for the crash location of B-17 "Bull Session"(Lt William Meyer) lost on Jan 14 1945 on mission to Cologne. Thanks

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    1. Rene, my name is Steve Bull, son of Lt. Edward Paul Bull. I'm still trying to put this stuff together, but unless I'm wrong (probably am) I believe the plane, Bull Session, was named after my father. Apparently a number of crews flew various B-17s. I think I remember my father telling me the B-17 he flew the most was the Bull Session, which was shot down. On this site I learned it was piloted by Lt. Meyer on that fateful day.

      I've been trying to locate the nose art of the Bull Session without spending a small fortune. Would you have that? My father and crew had their picture taken in front of the Nine O Nine, which is on this website.

      Love to hear from you at burnsbullman@yahoo.com. Steve.

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  56. Hi to everyone what a fantastic website. For 30 years I have been researching the crash of two 390th BG B17`s at Weston in Herts and have a detailed archive. This incident occurred on 26th August 1944. The collision resulted in the deaths of 14 airmen and 2 civilians. I have just had the waist gunners daughter from the B17 named Ding Dong Daddy that was involved stay with us. Many 91st BG persons attended the scene as giving Nuthampsted its due as well you guys would have been the nearest USAAF airbase. The Bassingbourn 91st BG fire tender and other vehicles attended....I was wondering if anyone is aware of any personnel who may just have taken photos whilst there. As I would be honoured to see them. So this is a call from to any 91st Vet who attended or to any veterans families who may have unexplained photographs of a crash site in the family albums....a long shot I know but one never knows. Of course I can be contacted on this blog or on email
    j.evenhart@ntlworld.com
    Kind regards Julian

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  57. To Rene,

    If you have not done so already, you can check out the description of what may have happened to Bull Session here
    http://www.91stbombgroup.com/91st_tales/wherefrom.html

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  58. My name is Lanny Mosley. Mt father flew on "Just Nothing". I know is was shot down on April 1944. He was grounded on this mission so did not go down with rest of crew but have nothing on which ship he may have been on after that, He seldom talked of the war and died in august 1992. If anyone has any info I would greatly appreciate it.

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  59. Hi,
    I was going through a photo album of my Grandmothers brother who was in Europe during WWII. Amongst many pictures, there is one of "The Eagles Wrath" parked under the Effel tower in Paris, France. It appears from the photo that this aircraft flew 75 missions in France judging by the count of bombs painted on its side. I was looking through your online photos but the B-17 photo that I have does not have a forward gun turrate in the nose. Curious if this is the same aircraft that your photos show, and if this aircraft is indeed the one used for this celibration/parade that took place in Paris. My e-mail address is: gabjap@yahoo.com . Thank you.

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  60. I am looking for information on Martin Brock who was a crew member of 327-6. Who else was on the crew? reply to dkshome@aol.com

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  61. 2Lt Frank J. Gilligan Texas Chubby co-pilot passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family on October 3, 2011. May he and his crew that have reached their final destination rest in eternal peace.

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  62. Looking for info about 1696 Ordnance Company. My father George Lamb was at Bassingbourne.

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  63. Hi,
    I just wanted to commend the administrators of this site for keeping the history of the 91st bombgroup alive. My Grandfather was Captain David Bramble, pilot of the Village Flirt. Keep up the good work!

    Paul Bramble

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  64. My now deceased father, Lt Robert Marlow, was the pilot of the B-17, The Biggest Bird, assigned to the 91st Bomb Group during the last months of WWII in Europe. Is it possible that anyone has photos of the airplane or crew from that period? The following is a quote from an on-line site: In spite of the heavy cloud cover, the Lead bombardier in No. 852 of the Lead Squadron, 1Lt Stephen Lada, got a visual fix on the AP and dropped his bombs. The rest of the Squadron toggled on his smoke streamer. Just after bombs away, No. 306, “The Biggest Bird”, the lead plane in the Fourth Element, was hit in the right wing, knocking out both No. 3 and 4 engines, disabling the supercharger on an engine on the left wing, and severing the rudder control cables. When the togglier, S/Sgt Francis N. Libby, toggled the bombs, eleven of the twenty 250 pounders hung up and would not drop. With only one functional engine, the pilot, 1Lt Robert Marlow, took the plane down to the deck to regain power in the engine without the supercharger. Although the crew dumped out all loose equipment, it became clear the aircraft could not make it back to Bassingbourn with the added weight of the bombs. The bombs could not be jettisoned since by then they were over occupied Allied territory. The bombs were pinned to prevent them from becoming armed and were kept aboard.

    Lt Marlow looked for the nearest emergency field, finally putting down on a former German grass airstrip about 50 miles north of Nurnberg. When they touched down, Lt Marlow discovered the brakes had also been shot out. The plane careened over the grass, ground looping and eventually coming to rest in some woods at the edge of the field. U. S. Army ground troops came by in a Jeep as the crew was getting out of the plane. The troops told the crew to hide in the woods to avoid German civilians until a truck could get there to pick them up. American bomber crews were not popular in that part of Germany. A truck soon arrived and picked up all of Lt. Marlow’s crew. They returned to Bassignbourn three days later, the last 91st crew to return from a mission over Europe.

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  65. To Benthere,

    I have a nose art photo of The Biggest Bird. Not published on the 91st BG website yet. Please post your email and I will send it to you.

    Jim
    91st BG Webmaster

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    1. Hello i like have the nose-art picture of that airplane. May i post it on my dutch website about the B-17 too ? My mailadres is richard.fonk@gmail.com
      With regards..

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  66. Thanks, Jim. Here is my email address: rtmarlow@msn.com. I'm a retired Air Force officer myself and became interested in my father's exploits through talking with the Air Force historian. He is charged with documenting current history and doesn't research historical documents himself. He has directed me to the Air Force archives at Maxwell AFB. But, as yet, I haven't made my way there. I'm still working -- now back with the Air Force temporarily as the Special Assistant to the Air Force Secretary. Having fun; but not much time to do research, so will appreciate anything you have. Regards, Terry Marlow

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  67. Rene,

    Re: Bull Session.

    I haven't been on the blog for a while but for your information Bull Session's crash site is just south and east of Preischeid, Germany 50.02 N latitude 06.10 E Longitude. Location taken from the MACR for 43-38911

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  68. I am the grandson of S/Sgt. John Zajac , Ball Turret Gunner on the Lewd Angel ,part of the 322nd .I am trying locate any pictures of his plane and the 322nd to surprise him with.Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank You.

    Email-- michael.zajac2@bp.com

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  69. To the grandson of S/Sgt Zajac:

    There is the crew photo of your grandfather with the aircraft Lewd Angel on page 8 in the crew photo section. I looked for any additional photos I may have that have yet to be uploaded and was unable to find any. If one becomes available I will put it at the top of the list to place on the website.

    Regards,
    91st BG Webmaster

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  70. Hello Jim, My Father was Willis J. Kaltenbach, TSGT, Engineer, first crew of Destiny's Child, 401st. His Folded Wings date is 30 Dec 1986 and appeared in the '87 Jan RI - but is not on the list. Please ADD. I have his flight log from 1944. How do I send you an e-copy? Thanx. Peace Thru Superior Air Power! VBR, G.F."Jerry" Kaltenbach P.E., 438AMS, McGuire AFB, '73-'78.

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  71. So glad I found your site. My sister and I are researching my father's service with the 324th Bomb Squadron. I found a mention of him bailing out from the Connectitcut Yankee on 6 Sep 43. He became a POW shortly after in Stalag 17B. His name was Fredrick Earl Hutchinson (a Sgt, left waist gunner) under the crew of 2LT Wm G. Pegram (per the article). Would love to find out more. My sister and I are traveling to Austria to visit the site of the POW camp next December so researching my Dad's service prior would be very helpful. My email is elejnz@aol.com and my name is Elaine (Hutchinson) Jones. Thank you so much,
    Elaine

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  72. I would like to get in contact with Lamont (Buck) Bailey who was a member of the original Chowhound crew. I am researching the history of the Chowhound, my uncle was a member of the third and final crew which crashed. frazierpat1@gmail.com

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  73. Next month (May 2012) we will be placing a memorial near the site of the crash near Chartres, France Aug 1, 1944 0f 42-97879. My sister is the daughter of Thomas Minnick,KIA. Would like to let others know in the event there are family members who might be interested or want to visit in the future. Here are details of the crew members (only Lawrence Doyle survived) . To see a photo go to "Association Forced Landing" (link below). Anyone who knows any stories of these men or their families, please email me at haller55902@gmail.com so that we can honor their memories.

    Arthur L. STEVENS

    Gordon W. DIXON

    Thomas J. SCHEURELL

    Thomas J. Minnick

    Gordon E. Carrell

    BASKIN Elred W.

    John LESZKOWICS

    Paul B. Taliaferro

    Lawrence E. Doyle (the only survivor, POW, now deceased)

    http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://forcedlanding.pagesperso-orange.fr/&ei=ua-AT_vhGMqagwen5aHJBw&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCgQ7gEwAA&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dassociation%2Bforced%2Blanding%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26hs%3DkXJ%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26channel%3Dnp%26prmd%3Dimvns

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    1. Paul B. TaliaferroMay 29, 2012 at 7:21 AM

      Paul B. Taliaferro (Jr) born 4 months after my father's death read this blog 5/29/2012 and visited he site above - first time seeing the pix of the wreckage. ptaliaferro@comcast.net

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      it was nice to connect with you.The memorial is beautiful. No words can express my sympathy for your loss.
      Martha Grogan grogan.martha@mayo.edu

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    3. I guess I am not doing something right, as I do not see any of my comments ... I am just trying to get more info on my great uncle Lawrence E Doyle. My e-mail is doylety202@google.com

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  74. A family friend SSG Lloyd Johnson, flew as a Ball Turret Gunner with the 401st Bomb Squadron. He completed 30 missions, begining in April 1944. I'm trying to get a complete list of all his missions, and have found 13 listed on the 401st daily reports from Jan-Aug 44.
    Does anyone A) know or remember LLoyd Johnson? and B) Know where I can view the rest of the daily reports from 1944 for the 401st?

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  75. My dad - now 96 was a B-17 pilot in the 91st bomb group and recently published a wonderful book about his experiences. The Final Mission, A boy, a pilot and a world at war by Henry Supchak (Priority Gal pilot) is available on Amazon and in Barnes and Noble in both hardback and kindle versions. Just read the cover blurb and you will want to read the entire book - amazing!!

    Thanks to all veterens for their selfless service to our country!

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  76. These are general questions. Did crew members often sub in other planes? Also, my father was in England on October 8, 1943...where would he have been stationed? He ended up in the 322d squadron of the 91st later aboard the Chow-Hound. Can't figure out where in the heck he was from October 8, 1943 - January 29, 1944, Chow-Hound's first flight. My email is Seisi@aol.com

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  77. I believe that the entire Dailies for the 401st from 1944 can be viewed by opening the pdf file link at the top of the 401st Dailies page.

    91st BG Webmaster

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  78. To Ginny,

    My understanding is that some crew members did "sub" in other planes with other crews for various reasons. It may be helpful to provide some additional information about your father (e.g., name, position on Chow-Hound, etc.). Maybe someone has information about your father, or possibly knew him or of him.

    91st BG Webmaster

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  79. Anyone know how to find mission briefs? Looking for the drawing of the route, IP, etc of the August 1, 1944 mission to Chartes. My Father was on the casulty list for A/C 42-97879 flown by Lt Stevens and Dixon (CP). They were assigned to the 322 flying a 324 SQ aircaraft.

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  80. Greetings!
    I would like to clarify a mistake in the crew of the Luftwaffe's Waterloo - the tail gunner's name was not Ben Earhart, but Clark A. Ehrhardt and he was from Beecher, IL. The reason why I know this is because he was my father. I hope this gets to someone who can change the error. If you have any questions, you can contact me at my email address PastorRoddy@yahoo.com
    Thanks,
    Roddy

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  81. RE: http://www.91stbombgroup.com/crewphotos/incendiary_blonde.html

    I wrote a little piece about one of your photographs today (at http://thepalaceat2.blogspot.com/2012/08/boy-tail-gunner.html) and realized that one of the names is incorrectly spelled. The name of the waist gunner who was killed just before the picture was taken (mentioned in the "factoid" section) should be spelled as "Blaine Corbin."

    Thanks,
    Marly (daughter of Hubert L. Youmans, teenage tail gunner on the Incendiary Blonde)

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    1. Marly: How can I contact you? I am the grandson of Glen Crumbliss from Incendiary Blonde. JJones6030@aol.com

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  82. I am looking for any information on S/Sgt. Leo William Dunn whom was attached to 324th Bomb Sq.(H) at Bassingbourn,England between 1942 and 45, I have been told that he flew "80" missions and he was a crew chief, Was also told that he was wounded in the leg by shrapnel coming from the windshield of B-17. I am his daughter. My email is as follows. bobbuff50@yahoo.com

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  83. I am trying to contact anyone that remmebers S/Sgt Selby B. Pridgen, A/C #815, Miami Clipper. I am his son and can be contacted via e-mail Pridgenjim@yahoo.com.

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  84. I am looking for pictures of the B-17 "Old Battle Axe." I am an aviation artist, and am trying to gather as many high resolution (or as high as possible) images of the aircraft to use as reference for an upcoming drawing. My grandfather, Merle Choffel, was the nose gunner before the end of the war and I really want to be able to present him with a drawing. Any images would be greatly appreciated! Specifically looking for images of details (nose art, kill and bomb icons on the side, 91st BG markings on the aircraft, tail code, and any other details that would help me make the drawing as accurate as possible). Please send to nchoffel@gmail.com

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  85. I noticed the 401st dailies for the month of July 1944 is missing. Is it lost/gone, or does it still need to be transcribed? My Dad, Joseph F. Sammon was shot down 20JUL44, after only 7 missions.

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  86. The 401st dailies for JUL 1944 can be found in the pdf link near the top of the page. I just have not removed the individual pages yet that contain poorly formatted text. On my list of things to do.

    91st BG Webmaster

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  87. Hey ya'll! Do any of you remember a Carey Goodwin Jr. who flew on the Ritzy Blitz, 324th squadron?

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  88. My Uncle R.L. Hare was an original Member of the 322 Bomber Sq.He served as the flight engineer and top turrent gunner of the Chief Sly and The Chief Sly 11. Bruce Barton was his highly respected pilot. Chief Sly was lost due to battle damage on 20 Dec 1942 after they dropped back to cover a damaged Rose O Day. Chief Sly 11 was lost while another crew was flying her. Bartons crew went on a shuttle mission to Libya, they could not take the Chief to Libya due to battle damage.
    Bartons crew was a lead crew. Rl was not injured during his tour and was Awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross among many others.
    He died of Cancer about 1967.Donald Woodruff dlwoodr@t6b.com

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    1. how were you kin to Richard L. Hare? He was my uncle as well, I have some of the family photo albums, news clippings, etc. I would love to learn more. Charles Hare

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  89. My father was S/Sgt Roland R. Michel, tailgunner, 322nd "Chowhound". I had earlier asked if crew members sometimes flew with other crews and could not figure out where my father was from October 8, 1943 (when he arrived in the UK) to being assigned to the "Chowhound" on January 29, 1944. Dad would always talk about how he fell in love with Ireland...could he have been in Ireland during this time period?

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    1. Joe Benzel might know. He lives in PA.

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  90. By the way, I have been blessed with photos and dailies from the daughter of my father's pilot, Jerry Newquist of the "Chowhound". I would love to submit them to this website. Do I upload them to a comment or send them through some other way? seisi@aol.com

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    1. My Uncle was part of the crew that went down with the Chow hound in August 8 1944. We have been back to the crash site and brought home the wing for display. Any photo's would be a great addition for the display(more information later). Joe Benzel, from your father's crew lives near by and would love to see the pictures. Tks Mark pevah@me.com 609-351-8823

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  91. My father (Ernest Alma Poulsen) was the Belly Gunner on the crew of the Cherry Two in 1944 and 1945. His captain was Robert Holliday (sp?) nicknamed "Happy Holiday". Can anyone assist in finding information, ideally a picture of the crew and plane? Thanks. Tracy Poulsen (tpoulsen63@gmail.com)

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    1. Tracy -- I've sent you an email with info and links to the plane and crew photos. Please respond to my email and we can stay in touch.

      John Holliday

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  92. I have a photograph of my father and his crew beneath the nose of a B-17. It was taken at the training facility at Dyersburg, TN in 1944. In front of the crew is a placard with the crew number of 7927.

    Does anyone know of a resource that would have info on the crew if just the crew number was provided? I would think the Army would have that info somewhere, otherwise, why give each crew a number?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.


    Please contact me at: B17G65VE@hotmail.com

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  93. Obituary
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    Harold Edwin "Hal" JOHNSON | Visit Guest Book


    JOHNSON, Harold 'Hal' Edwin
    Passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at age 93 in Aberdeen, WA after a brief illness. He was born July 1, 1919 in Galesburg, IL, the second of three children born to Ed and Marie Johnson. His family moved to Sacramento, CA, when Hal was three years old where he grew up with his sisters, Louise (Cullivan) and Margaret (Whitfield).

    After high school, in 1938, he joined the California National Guard 184th Infantry Division achieving the rank of transportation sergeant. In 1943 he transferred to the US Army Air Corps, was promoted to second lieutenant and received his pilot's wings. In 1944 he flew his B17 Flying Fortress bomber 'Little Patches' on 35 missions over Germany with many a close call. After WWII he graduated from Armstrong Business College with a degree in Business Administration.

    After the war he also met the love of his life, Phyllis Everhardt, and they were married August 23, 1947. They established their home in Stockton, CA where they raised two daughters, Carol and Patty. Hal worked as a tax auditor for the State of California until his retirement in 1980. He continued his military duties in the US Air Force Reserve over 40 years until retiring in 1979 with the rank of Lt. Colonel.

    Even in retirement Hal stayed active in many leadership roles, including president of the California State Employees Association and president of the California State Employees Credit Union #6. He was a member of the 91st Bomb Group veterans association and served a term as president. His leadership abilities, knowledge, and sunny disposition served him well throughout his life of professional and personal service. He was an active member of Presentation Catholic Church throughout the more than 60 years that he and Phyllis lived in Stockton. In 2011, he and Phyllis moved to Aberdeen, Washingon to be closer to family, Carol and Bob Kegel.

    As important as his civil, professional, and military service was to him, he took great joy in his family. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; daughters, Carol (Bob) Kegel of Aberdeen, WA and Patty (Jon) Gorski of Colorado Springs, CO; and grandchildren: Jenny, Michael (and wife, Jennifer), and Kathryn Kegel, and Joe, Annie, Steven (and wife, Christa), Patrick, and Matt Gorski. He is also survived by his sisters, Louise and Margaret. Hal & Phyllis enjoyed their retirement years traveling the world and visiting their grand- children. He will long be remembered by his family & friends as a man with a warm heart & ready smile, who loved to tell a good joke.

    Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Friday, March 22 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Aberdeen, WA. A rosary will be recited at 10:30 am, on Friday, March 22 at St. Mary Catholic Church. An inurnment service with military honors accorded by the McChord Field Honor Guard will be held at 1:15 pm on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA. Memorial donations may be made to Catholic Charities. Funeral arrangements are through Coleman Mortuary in Hoquiam, WA. A message of condolence or of a memory can be left for the family at www.colemanmorturay.net.
    Published in The Sacramento Bee on March 21, 2013
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  94. My father was co-pilot/pilot Lt. Horace C. "Nick" Nichols of the 91st Bomb Group, mainly of the 401st Bomb Squadron (although he shows up in the 324th bomb squadron dailies as well). It looks like he served from July 1943 through April 1944 --- the personal notes from his album say that he completed his tour with 28 missions, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross at that time.

    Thank you so much for providing the dailies! I see that he flew mainly in the B-17's "Lightning Strikes," "Just Plain Lonesome," and "The Keystone Mama."

    I am interested to know if there's anyone out there who flew with him and might remember him. I am his daughter, and can be reached at the following e-mail address: lan7577@aol.com

    Thank you --

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  97. Greetings! My name is Roddy Ehrhardt and I am hoping that someone on the 91st website will read this: the tailgunner on the Luftwaffe Waterloo is Clark A. Ehrhardt not Ben Erhart. Clark A. Ehrhardt is my father and I am hoping to have this changed. Thank you

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  98. Hello Roddy. I corrected your father's name on the website.

    91st BG Webmaster

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    1. Urgent message!!! The Tower Museum in Bassingbourn, England, is going to be shut down permanently 2013, razed to the ground (!), as well as the entire old airfield! I have a dear friend living there and he hopes that You in US react (there is nothing more to do from the UK horizon !) - and take steps to “BOMB” the authorities in England with e-mails to make sure that this is not happening! I hope You still have a fighting spirit to join us! - Bassingbourn Airfield and Tower Museum is far too important to just demolish! I’ll get back to You as soon as I can to give You all an e-mail address to mail to! Everyone that cares should stay on alert! Please mobilize everyone that You have in BG91!!!
      Best regards! Rev Christer Grerot, Sweden
      grejacques@hotmail.com (as for now - I have another mail-address too if You mail me!)

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  99. August 8, 2014 will be the 70th anniversary of the crash of the Chow-hound. Family members are going to L'onlay l'Abbaye to visit the crash site, place flowers, hopefully have a mass at the abbey and enjoy the company of our friends, the people of L'onlay l"Abbaye. For those that can make it, welcome. Those who can not, We will remember everyone.

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  100. Just stopping by to comment on the great website that you have. I was searching for information regarding a gentleman named Shelby Welton. The information from your site was extremely helpful in finding out who he was and the circumstances surrounding his death. Just to let you know that he is memorialized in the form of a gavel bell at Churchill Downs VFW Post 2921 located in Louisville, Kentucky. It was from the engraving on that bell that prompted my search.

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    1. Would you be able to send a photo of the gavel bell for the website?

      91st BG Webmaster

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  101. Erwin R. Mannchen (erm1541@yahoo.com)June 24, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    My Brother, Lt Howard E. Mannchen was a Navigator in the 91st from Apr to Oct 1944, completing 30 missions in 401st Sq. Flew his second mission on D-Day On B17 42-31515 "The Wild Hare" bombing ground targets around LeHarve. This is only record I have of him on this plane. Primarily flew on 42-31883 "Jub Jub Bird"

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  102. I am interested in what live was like on the base. I would love to start conversations with any vets or their family members who know details of what life was like as well as personal stories and relationships. Please contact me at customdev14@gmail.com.

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  103. I am so thankful to have found this site. Never knew it exsisted until somebody sent me an ex-POW Bulletin and I began to search. I have since found my cousin's picture,and that of his plane and crewmates. I know that all who served with him have gone on to their Heavenly Reward, but wondered if there were any who may have been in the 91st BG that may still be living. His name was William E. Howard, Tail Gunner on the Texas Bronco. He was in the group that flew to Bassingbourn in September 1942. On their third Mission, the plane was shot down. Two Crew Member's were KIA and the other eight became POW's and were sent to Stlag XVII-B Bill spent six months in a hospital due to the severity of his injuries. After the war, he was sent home on the Swedish Ship Gripsholm. Bill died on March 17, 1995 and was buried in Michigan Memorial Cemetery, Wayne County, MI. If anybody can provide any additional Information, my email address is esspy0620@aol.com Thank you to all who have served and to all those who waited for them to return.

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  104. looking for any info on my father William F Fleisch. Thanks Bill Fleisch

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  105. On the website the aircraft Oh Happy Day has Unknown by the members of the crew. Top row second from the right is tail gunner Bill Hawkins from Minnesota. His kids have the picture painted on the end of their barn on Hwy 60 west of Wabasha MN. It's awesome.

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    1. Dave- thanks for the post. I live in Rochester and definitely will take a drive to see the barn. Here's a link for those who are interested in a photo http://mazeppamn.com/2014/03/03/barn-quilt-committee-looking-for-greater-involvement/

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  106. Looking for any & all information on my uncle, Roy A. Rogers Jr., SSgt., 19190431. In looking at the 401st Dailies, it shows his first mission on October 3, 1944. I can not find the approximate day he was signed into the squadron. It lists his last mission on March 31, 1945. And starting in April of 45, the Dailies format changed and only listed the Aircraft Commanders & Ship/Tail numbers. They did not list any of the other crew members. So I would like to know if my uncle flew in April & May of 1945. A lot of the pilots that did, were the same ones that he flew with from the previous months. He returned to the States in August of 1945 and was Honorably Discharged on August 29, 1945 at Camp Beale, California. Please send any information to strogers2@charter.net. Thank you, Scott Rogers Jr.

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  107. Hello, I'm searching for info about my Dad, Ssgt Clif C White. I know he was at Bassingbourn with the 91st, but don't know what squadron or too much else. Like many WWII vets, he didn't talk much about his service. I do have his diary, though, and know he flew 35 missions, some with Lt. Boggs. Any and all information would be appreciated. Thanks!
    Leslie White, email: lesliesandia@yahoo.com

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  108. International Museum of Airbase of Chièvres

    Hello, we are in search of any information on B-17 sérial 338860 code YET OR-M.

    He fell to QUIEVRAIN (Belgium) on February 14th, 1945.

    One of our members, 15-year-old then, cut a piece of sheet steel from the radio compartment. This piece represents a girl in shirt on a beach with a coconut palm.
    This drawing was engraved probably by a crew member.
    We have three photos of the plane on the ground, but the mediocre quality, the civil devices of the time being rather rudimentary.

    Can you help us?

    Thank you.

    Very friendly

    Daniel LELEU
    d.leleu@skynet.be
    Chair MIBAC

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  109. Hello! I am new to the group, and am searching for information on my PawPaw, Horace Paul Stewart of the 401st. He was a ball turret gunner and flew 11 missions between Feb.- April 1945. My family, not even my grandma, knew much of his time in the war in regards to details. However, after his death, a box was found in his shed that held his Air Medal, a few photographs with his crew (along with their names), copies of records, and most importantly a pocket diary. I am hoping, through this group, that I might determine the name of his plane. One crew picture has them in front of a plane that looks like the word "Blood..." is on, but the only plane I've been able to find with that name is the Blood Bucket, and that crew doesn't match his. Crew members include: Jack Reid, Ed Smith, Ben Rickman, Jerry Sutton, Tom Fisher, Bill Fox, Allan Chapman, and George Simms. Any information would be most appreciated! I would also like to submit his pictures and diary so he can be part of the history as well...any information on how to submit would be great. Thank you!

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    1. I think I have finally gotten on a roll tonight. I think he and his crew flew missions on a few unnamed planes, but also on Blood 'N Guts, Little Patches, and Zootie Cutie. Also, his number and name are a little off if you search for him on the 401st 1945 dailies- how do I go about correcting that?

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    2. Hi Kathryn,
      I am the 91st BGMA webmaster and would be pleased to put the pictures and diary on the website. Please post a reply with your email so I can contact you.

      As far as the Dailies go, can you clarify what you mean when you said his number and name are a little off? Maybe I could fix that issue or I could make it clearer by adding the info in a better format on a page with a photo of him and/or with the diary. That way, anybody searching for his name would also see the additional info.
      Thanks, Jim

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  110. Back in 2009 I found and posted on Flickr over 300 35mm negatives apparently taken at Bassingbourn Base in England during the winter of 1944-45. The photographer kept some notes on the sleeve holder of each negative strip telling camera information and sometimes subject information.

    Over the years many generous people have contributed information about the planes and some of the crews at Bassingbourn that winter. I have yet to find out the name of the photographer. There are eleven photographs of him altogether, with nine of them credited “Myself by Ray.” “Ray” is probably Captain Ray, the photo officer. Ray apparently borrowed the photographer’s Leica and made the shots all in one session.

    Here is a picture of the mystery photographer with other photographs in the album as posted on Flickr.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/49024304@N00/2952755476/
    If you are unfamiliar with the working of Flickr, there are small arrows on either side of the picture to navigate the entire set.

    If anyone can add identifications or other information just post it under the picture. (Joining Flickr is easy and free) I would appreciate any information you might have.

    Fred Clark
    Phase65 at Yahoo dot com

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  111. Lionel Marien, Navigator on the "Yankee Gal", passed away from natural causes on Feb 15, 2017.

    Details : http://www.holtfuneralhome.com

    Jim Marien

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  112. Jim Shepherd - Who is in charge of updating the 91st BG Website?

    I have acquired the Group files for the November 7, 1942 mission of the 91st, and am slowly in the process of acquiring other mission reports.

    These are copies from NARA. I am prepared to scan them into pdf format, if someone would post them to the website, as the 306th BG folks have done for their missions. Jim Szpajcher, St. Paul, Alberta.

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  113. We need your email address to reply. We can help you and get this item uploaded to web page. Jim Shepherd

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  114. Jim -

    My email address is:

    mudman1@telus.net

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  115. I have acquired the Group files for the November 7, 1942 mission of the 91st, and am slowly in the process of acquiring other mission reports.
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